How America's justice system is rigged against the poor

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There are invisible cages that extend far beyond prison walls.

Every year, more than 600,000 individuals are freed from America’s jails and prisons.

But many of America’s formerly incarcerated people face numerous obstacles when integrating back into public life once free, according to Wes Caines and his former colleagues Scott Hechinger and Hannah McCrea at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender service in New York City.

Former prisoners are routinely denied employment, housing, education, and other benefits that would help ease their integration into life on the outside, Caines says.

For more read our Q&A with Wes Caines where he discusses his personal story of life after prison:

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  1. 2:30 "he was convicted of gun possession" I thought liberals at Vox want more gun laws? So liberals want more restrictions on guns, and then complain that people are getting into trouble because of gun laws?

  2. “EVEN THE POOREST WHITE MAN WOULDN’T WANT TO BE A RICH BLACK MAN.”
    NOW HOW DOES THAT LOOK🤔 . Makes you think right well this has been said numerous times even in schools teachers ask would you “SWAP YOUR LIFE WITH A BLACK PERSON” and no hands went up.😪 THEM STUDENTS AND THEM PEOPLE KNOW HOW BLACK PEOPLE ARE TREATED NO MATTER THEIR INCOME, STATUS (obviously it’s better if your rich and black rather than poor and black in the USA )ETC.
    BUT IT JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW RACIST, UNFAIR THE USA IS AN ITS PROBABLY THE WORST COUTRY IN THE WORLD FOR A BLACK PERSON TO LIVE IN BECAUSE OF THE INEQUALITY AND ITS NOT SAFE IN THE SENSE OF POLICE SHOOTING US WHEN EVER THEY FEEL LIKE AND BLAMING IT ON THE “oh I was just defending myself because they had a “gun””.And having nothing being done for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS NO JUSTICE . MAKES ME SICK

  3. Slavery hasn’t ended it’s just happening in a different way . In America the jail systems favours putting black people into prisons for things they haven’t done but because many don’t have money to bail and can’t read and write and some don’t know there right they get harshly forced into going to prisons and then working for the government as “slaves” doing work that most on the outside do not know about and these people are innocent black people . Police reports are made up or given by racist White people to get black people into prison it’s disgusting but education is the key to being smarter in this case and educating yourself and parents should teach there children this daily

  4. the crooked law system allows the middle calss crimials to break the law and make money illegally all criminals run the country thats why i never vote

  5. the criminals who run the law system allow the middle class to victimize the poor in many ways but do not allow the poor to victimize the middle class the crooked law system is made by middle class americans to allow them to victimize and take advantage of the poor in so many ways

  6. Your video is horribly misinformed. The prison system isn't stacked against the poor or anyone of a minority class. There are laws for checks and balances against those who would do harm to the less fortunate or anyone in society. Prison systems offer programs to help further the education of inmates. They offer job opportunities and acquired skills to prevent repeat offenders. I worked in a prison for two years. Not one inmate was disadvantaged over another for simply being an inmate. Those programs were readily available and accessibly for any single one of the inmates, including lifers. The prison system isn't perfect, but it's far from classist or racist. If the prison system was classist, then how did a billionaire like Epstein end up in prison? How did a famed actor like O.J. Simpson end up acquitted for a crime he went to court for in the case of murder if the prison system was racist? How did Wesley Snipes, someone that had loads of money, end up serving time for tax evasion if the system was rigged against the poor? Conspiracy theorists are ill-informed troglodytes that have no real knowledge of the goings on within the actual system itself.

    I grew up poor, in and out of homelessness with my family, and disadvantaged given our situations. I have now worked five years in security and advancing within the my field, and saving money for my future. I haven't been to prison once. And that's coming from a Hispanic background.

    Quit making excuses for the people that refuse to follow the law and continue to do harm to their communities.
    P.S. Most of the inmates that serve time are bound to end up back in prison because they can't seem to follow the law or morally not victimize innocent people.

  7. The justice system is the new jim crow. Now instead of white privilege there now money privilege. Now aimed at the poor.

  8. crime is job security for many people in america, copsjudgeslawyersbailbondsmencongressmenlocalpoliticiansjailers and the list goes on, christian america ia a moral deviant venture, hate in the name of good does not exist except from the political babble of those seeking office

  9. it amazes me how citizens are being forced to be money mongers because of the corrupt justice system. In hopes of buying their stolen freedoms and not being forces to rot in a corrupt judicial system of crimes that were never proven.

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